Having shored up Korea DPR’s defence during qualifying for the last two FIFA World Cups™, Nam Song-Chol now forms part of the team’s backbone. A product of the dominant April 25 Sports Group, with whom he has played since 2004, Nam is among the most experienced defenders his nation can boast.
The fullback, who turns 28 in May, was a fixture in the Korea DPR squad that impressed in their qualifying bid for Germany 2006 despite failing to reach the finals. He was again a key player four years later, making 10 appearances as Korea DPR shocked the world by qualifying for their first FIFA World Cup in over four decades.
Aside from the excellent understanding he has struck up with defensive colleagues Pak Chol-Jin and Ri Jun-Il, Nam is also known for his attacking flair. His surging from the flank can be a lethal weapon in matches where Korea DPR are in the search for a breakthrough.
Generally deployed as a right-back by coach Kim Jong-Hun, Nam is a likely candidate for the job of skipper at South Africa 2010. In the ten qualifiers he played en route to these finals, Nam started with the captain’s armband on seven occasions.